April 13th, 2014
04:20 PM ET
4 days ago

Sunday Chatter: The midterms, Sebelius' legacy and Burwell's future

The Sunday political talk shows waded into controversial territory. Missed them? We've got you covered with the most important parts of Sunday’s political chatter.

2014: Sitting side by side on CNN’s “State of the Union” - a rarity these days on political shows, where members of opposing parties often appear during different segments to talk about the same topics - Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, addressed the challenges they both face in the upcoming midterm elections.

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Democrats to focus on Ryan budget in 2014
April 2nd, 2014
12:41 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Democrats to focus on Ryan budget in 2014

Washington (CNN) - A day after the White House claimed victory in its Obamacare enrollment numbers, the group tasked with electing Democrats to the House acknowledged it's still a "tough climate" for Democrats in this year's midterms, but also insisted they still plan to campaign on the health care law.

But Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said an even bigger focus this year will be renewed attempts by Democrats to clobber Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan on the campaign trail.
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Filed under: 2014 • Budget • DCCC • Obamacare
Obama: Democrats get ‘clobbered’ in midterms
March 21st, 2014
09:15 AM ET
4 weeks ago

Obama: Democrats get ‘clobbered’ in midterms

(CNN) – President Barack Obama argued Thursday night that Democrats have low turnout and get "clobbered" in midterm elections because of the "toxic" nature of Washington.

“The problem is not that the American people disagree with us on the issues," the President said. "The challenge is, is that our politics in Washington have become so toxic that people just lose faith and finally they just say, 'You know what, I’m not interested, I’m not going to bother, I’m not going to vote.' ” FULL POST


Filed under: 2014 • DCCC • Fundraising • President Obama
Maybe a no to Obama on the campaign trail, but yes on the money trail
February 13th, 2014
04:07 PM ET
2 months ago

Maybe a no to Obama on the campaign trail, but yes on the money trail

Washington (CNN) - With President Barack Obama's approval ratings near all-time lows, there are a number of congressional Democrats facing challenging reelection campaigns this year who aren't screaming for him to join them on the campaign trail.

But when it comes to fundraising, Obama remains the party's top rainmaker, and lawmakers definitely want his help accumulating campaign cash.

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Filed under: 2014 • DCCC • DSCC • President Obama
February 6th, 2014
05:54 PM ET
2 months ago

National Republican Congressional Campaign using fake Democrat websites to lure voters

(CNN) – A warning this election season: If you are searching the Web for information on Democratic congressional candidates, read the fine print.

At least 15 websites that appear to be official campaign sites for Democratic candidates, are actually the handiwork of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

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Filed under: DCCC • NRCC
Another House retirement in a swing district
January 14th, 2014
02:03 PM ET
3 months ago

Another House retirement in a swing district

Washington (CNN) - The list of House members retiring at the end of the year rather than running for re-election keeps growing.

Democratic Rep. Bill Owens of New York State announced Tuesday that he won't seek another term, leaving another competitive seat open for the midterms.

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Filed under: 2014 • Bill Owens • Congress • DCCC • House of Representatives • NRCC
In cash blitz, Obama rakes it in for Democrats
November 27th, 2013
12:14 PM ET
5 months ago

In cash blitz, Obama rakes it in for Democrats

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's approval rating may be struggling, but he's still bringing in money on the fundraising trail.

For the past month, the President has been crisscrossing the country raising cash for Democratic campaign groups. At 13 separate events in eight cities, he may have helped raise up to $21.6 million.
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Filed under: DCCC • DNC • DSCC • Fundraising • President Obama
Nervous Dems get cash boost–and pep talk–from Obama
November 25th, 2013
07:19 AM ET
5 months ago

Nervous Dems get cash boost–and pep talk–from Obama

Updated 10:34 a.m. ET, 11/25/2013

Seattle (CNN) – Congressional Democrats, many downright scared of the political fallout from the botched rollout of Obamacare, are getting a boost this week as the President completes a month-long fundraising sprint a year ahead of 2014's midterm elections.

Obama–who has jetted to New York, Boston, Miami, Dallas and Philadelphia in the past several weeks to help add millions of dollars to Democrats' campaign coffers–is spending three days on the West Coast convincing donors his falling popularity and the faulty implementation of his signature legislation don't mean all is lost for the Democratic Party next year.
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Filed under: 2014 • California • DCCC • Fundraising • Obamacare • President Obama • Washington
House Republican not running for re-election
November 6th, 2013
11:21 AM ET
5 months ago

House Republican not running for re-election

Updated 11/6/2013 at 12:04 p.m. ET

Washington (CNN) - Former star pro-football player Jon Runyan, a two-term Republican congressman from New Jersey, will not run for re-election next year.

 In a statement released Wednesday morning Runyan said "politics shouldn't be a career and I never intended to make it one. While it has truly been an honor to serve the people of New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District, at this stage in my life, and more importantly, the lives of my three children, spending time with them is my top priority. As I serve out the rest of my term, I will continue to work hard on behalf of the people of South Jersey."

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Filed under: 2014 • DCCC • New Jersey • NRCC
First on CNN: House Dems target Republicans on eve of debt limit deadline
October 16th, 2013
07:40 AM ET
6 months ago

First on CNN: House Dems target Republicans on eve of debt limit deadline

Washington (CNN) – As the House makes its next move in the ongoing fight to end the government shutdown and avoid a default, the House Democratic campaign arm will target Republicans in 60 districts on Wednesday, blaming them for a possible downgrading of the government's rating with a Wall Street bond-firm.

Rating agency Fitch on Tuesday warned of a downgrade of gold-plated U.S. bonds, citing "political brinkmanship" as the reason for the default risk.
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Filed under: Congress • DCCC • Debt • Government Shutdown
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